All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

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Melody - "Lobe den Herrn'", Melchior Vulpius, 1609; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Johann Jakob Sch├╝tz,1675; tr. based on Catherine Winkworth's Lyra Germanica, 1858; German text

All praise to God, who reigns above,
The God of all creation,
The God of wonders, power, and love,
The God of our salvation!
With healing balm my soul He fills,
The God who every sorrow stills, -
To God all praise and glory!

2. The angel host, O king of kings,
Thy praise forever telling,
In earth and sky all living things
Beneath Thy shadow dwelling,
Adore and praise their Maker's might,
Whose wisdom orders all things right;
To God all praise and glory!

3. What God's almighty power hath made
His gracious mercy keepeth;
By morning dawn or evening shade
His watchful eye ne'er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might
Lo, all is just and all is right, -
To God all praise and glory!

4. I cried to Him in time of need:
Lord God, oh, hear my calling!
For death He gave me life indeed
And kept my feet from falling.
For this my thanks shall endless be;
Oh, thank Him, thank our God, with me, -
To God all praise and glory!

5. The Lord forsaketh not His flock,
His chosen generation;
He is their Refuge and their Rock,
Their Pace and their Salvation.
As with a mother's tender hand
He leads His own, His chosen band, -
To God all praise and glory!

6. When earth can comfort us no more
Nor human help availeth,
The Maker comes Himself, whose store
Of blessing never faileth,
And bends on them a Father's eyes
Whom earth all rest and hope denies;
To God all praise and glory!

7. Thus all my pilgrim way along
I'll sing aloud Thy praises
That men may hear the grateful song
My voice unwearied raises:
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart!
Both soul and body, bear your part!
To God all praise and glory!

8. Ye who confess Christ's holy name,
To God give praise and glory!
Ye who the Father's power proclaim,
To God give praise and glory!
All idols under foot be trod,
The Lord is God! The Lord is God!
To God all praise and glory!

9. Then come before His presence now
And banish fear and sadness;
To your Redeemer pay your vow
And sing with joy and gladness;
Though great distress my soul befell,
The Lord, my God, did all things well, -
To God all praise and Glory!

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